Curing The Home Listing Jitters

Do you ever buy products that say, “some assembly required”? If you’re like most people, that statement makes you worry that you’ll end up spending hours struggling to put the item together. In some cases, you might even decide not to buy it, just to avoid the frustration!
 
As a homeowner, you might have a similar concern when it
comes to selling your home. You may be thinking of selling,
but the process of getting your property ready and putting it on the market seems overwhelming. It may even make you
hesitate.
 
Those listing jitters are understandable. Fortunately, there’s
a cure. You simply need to get informed about the process.
You need to get the facts about:
 
• Exactly what you need to do, to prepare your home for sale.
• What your home is worth on today’s market.
• How long it will likely take to sell your property.
• How viewings and possible open houses will be handled.
• What the ideal strategy is for selling your home quickly, and for the best price.
 
Once you have all this information, you’ll know what to expect and the selling process will be easier and less stressful.
 
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Do You Need A Real Estate Checkup?

How often do doctors recommend you get a checkup? Usually, once a year. How regularly do advisors suggest you review your investments? Most say at least annually.
 
So, how often should you review your home with a trusted real estate agent? You guessed it! Once a year! Why is this review so important? Your home is a big investment, possibly your biggest. So, knowing its current market value is a big part of understanding your overall financial position.
 
But, there’s more to it than that. In addition to being an investment, your home is also part of your lifestyle. It’s important to review it each year to see if it’s still a good fit for your changing needs.
 
I’d be happy to stop by at your convenience to do a “real estate checkup”. I’ll let you know, approximately, what your home is worth on today’s market, and, if you’re interested, I’ll go over what’s possible for you regarding a new one.
 
Call me or email me when you’re ready to set up your real estate checkup. 416-779-8732 or rut@ruthballantyne.com
 
All the best!
 
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Home Office Considerations

Today’s portable technology has created a “work from anywhere” mentality, which has made a home office seem unnecessary to aspiring businesspeople and serious students. But health and efficiency experts agree that people who want to be most effective while working from home should consider how their environment can influence productivity. That’s why setting up a designated workspace is so essential.
 
For example, avoiding family traffic areas is a must. If you can’t dedicate a room as an office, at least create a space you can isolate, even if it means simply converting a sizable closet into an alcove with a small desk.
 
Maintaining a functional workspace is also important. Ensure you have good lighting, an adequately clear desktop, an ergonomic chair, and handy storage for files and support materials. Once you have the essentials, spend a little time embellishing your area with creature comforts that help you relax, such as photos of loved ones, a vacation postcard, art and amusement pieces.
 
If you have a big enough space and budget, consider an invigorating colour scheme, and functional furnishings such as an adjustable-height desk that lets you sit or stand, a meeting table, and a guest chair or lounger that complements your décor.
 
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Creating a Garden That Endures

Whether you have an expansive yard or a confined balcony, following a few planting guidelines, will ensure you get maximum enjoyment from your garden.
 
The first thing you need to consider is the foliage that is best suited to your location. Take sunlight, soil, and hydration into careful consideration. Even in a small space, an automatic watering system can give you a wider range of options without the need to worry about being on regular manual duty.
 
Next, consider the effect you want to achieve, in terms of height, shape, texture, and colour. Finally, whether you are planting for an entire yard, or a cluster of containers, make sure your plants are compatible with your overall local environment and hardiness zone.
 
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Sharing the Responsibility of Fences

There’s an old adage that says, “Good fences make good neighbours”. If you own property that shares a border with another owner’s property, then you know the wisdom of this statement.

So, if you are dissatisfied with the condition, style or position of a fence between your lot and that of another homeowner, it’s important that you understand that there are legal implications to making changes to a barrier or divider that affects both properties.

It’s wise to research your local bylaws before declaring that maintenance is needed, or moving forward with arbitrary
changes that may not sit well with your neighbour or your municipality.

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App for that?

There seems to be an app for just about everything these days. If you have a smart phone, you know what I’m talking about!

Real estate, however, is different. It takes a skilled professional to help sell your property, find your next dream home, and get you the best deals. An app simply can’t do that.

That’s why I always make myself available to valued clients like you. If you have a question, or want an update on the local real estate market, give me a call anytime.

416-779-8732

All the best!

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New Products for Summer Living

Waterproof Note Pad: Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, or thinking in the shower, there’s no need to risk getting your tech device wet to make note of your latest ideas. Instead, you can jot them down using a waterproof pen on an environmentally friendly waterproof note pad. So, if your best ideas come to you in the shower, or while relaxing by the pool, they won’t dissolve into nothing.

Wireless, waterproof ear buds: Whether you’re a determined lap swimmer or a poolside sunbather, you’ll appreciate ear buds that deliver your favourite tunes without worry of water or wires.

Small Screen Image Projector: Imagine your favourite downloaded movies and video clips being projected from your smartphone onto the nearest wall or makeshift screen. Share pictures and videos at family gatherings or be ready to present files at an impromptu business meeting.

New Map App: Imagine setting a filter on your smartphone maps to display only what interests you – restaurants, night clubs, concert halls, art galleries, sports venues, distilleries, wineries, breweries, parking lots – you want it, you got it!

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Cool Pillows Promote Greater Comfort

There is a greater variety of pillows to choose from than ever before. Many of the newer brands are scientifically designed to provide a more comfortable sleep than traditional feather pillows.

Their fill materials may be varied, but most are made from hypo-allergenic synthetics, with many having a composition that can dissipate body heat and moisture away from contact points.

In addition to providing you with a cooler surface, so-called memory foam prevents bunching, and is available in a choice of densities from soft to firm. By addressing a range of factors that affect your quality of sleep, a new pillow could eliminate or reduce discomforts that might otherwise have you tossing and turning.

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Protecting Your Vacation from the Unexpected.

Protecting Your Vacation from the Unexpected.
There was a time when the only travel insurance most vacationers considered was for flight cancellations.
Nowadays, there are many different policies available
to help cover costs incurred due to a mishap that occurs during a vacation – or even before it takes place.
Anyone who has travelled at length can easily imagine the domino effect that even a simple set-back, such as traffic
congestion or a weather delay, can have on extensive travel plans. In these cases, a highly protective insurance policy can
sound very reassuring. However, such policies are not without specific conditions and extra premiums, so understanding the terminology is critical.
For example, “trip delay”, “trip cancellation” and “cancel
for any reason” may each be defined differently from one provider to another. To determine which policy might serve
your needs best, consult with a qualified insurance broker.
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Understanding How Condos Are Priced

Whether you plan on putting your condo on the market someday soon, or you’re just interested in how much your unit is worth from an investment perspective, it makes sense to know how condos are priced.
 
When a condo goes on the market, there is an overwhelmingly high probability that it will sell for somewhere close to its market value. So if a two bedroom unit in a neighbourhood sold for “X” dollars, then you can expect a similar unit down the street to sell for roughly the same price. That’s why real estate agents look closely at recent condo sales in the area in order to advise clients on the best listing price.
 
Are there other factors that determine selling price? There are
many. Unit improvements, special features such as a party room or indoor pool as well as the general attractiveness of your condo, can all increase its value to potential buyers. While some of these characteristics may help boost its selling price, others may simply help you sell your unit more quickly.
 
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